Alex Martin DDS Blog
September 22, 2016
The landscape in Arizona has a rare combination of qualities. It can be both sparse and beautiful. Wide expanses of territory show little signs of life outside of the scant bushes, occasionally broken up by a towering cactus. You can feel the buzz of life around you in the lizards and insects, but you can only see the signs they leave behind. Unfortunately, when it comes to your teeth, sparse never means beautiful. It’s been a while since you’ve been able to flash a full smile because your teeth, what are left of them, desperately need repair. You don’t even know if it’s possible. Dr. Martin, a dentist in Scottsdale, knows he can help rebuild your smile, no matter what condition it is in. (more…)
June 14, 2013
Life moves faster than it ever has. As a result, many of us are more stressed now than ever before. For some, that stress comes from the pressure to always stay connected. For others, it may come from finances. Regardless of where it comes from, though, it can affect your wellbeing, including your oral health.
That’s because when you become stressed, it becomes more difficult for the body to regular inflammation. In and of itself, inflammation isn’t a bad thing—in fact, it is part of the immune response. When it works as it should, it can be beneficial. But when it gets out of control, it can become a weapon the body uses against itself. And one of the targets it uses it against just so happens to be your smile, as the ADG reported last year.
What this means for patients of Dr. Martin is that managing stress is important. Just as important are regular visits and a great at-home routine. We recommended seeing us every six month, plus a routine that includes brushing twice a day, flossing at least once, and rinsing with a fluoride or antibacterial mouthwash.
Ready to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Martin and his Scottsdale team? Call us today. We provide care for patients from Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Fountain Hills, and beyond.
June 1, 2013
It may seem like your oral and overall health occupy different spheres, but they don’t. In fact, one aspect of your health impacts your oral health in a way you might never had considered—we’re talking about the body’s hormone levels.
Changes in the body’s hormone levels can increase a patient’s vulnerability to gum disease, which is one of the most common oral health conditions out there. Women are especially at risk due to the changes that occur during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause.
But those aren’t the only times in life when a woman is more vulnerable. There’s also an increased risk for women taking birth control or who are about to begin their next period.
So what does this mean Dr. Martin’s Scottsdale patients?
It means that regular dental appointments and a good brushing and flossing routine are essential. So is sticking to a balanced diet low in sugar and starchy foods. What’s more, if you’re pregnant or taking birth control, it’s a good idea to let Dr. Martin and his Scottsdale dental team know.
Is it time for you to schedule your next regular checkup and professional cleaning? Call our Scottsdale dental office today to reserve your appointment with Dr. Martin. We serve patients from Phoenix, Paradise Valley, and Fountain Hills.
May 8, 2013
In our last post, we talked about teeth whitening, one of the most popular cosmetic services currently available. With teeth whitening, it’s easy to radically transform the appearance of your teeth and improve your confidence. But what if you want a smile that’s both whiter and straighter. For that Dr. Alex Martin offers porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers are made from thin but high-quality pieces of dental porcelain. They’re applied to the front of teeth to hide flaws like cracks, chips, misalignment, and more. On top of this, they’re customizable. During the planning stage of your treatment, Dr. Martin will design veneers that will match the shape and color of your existing smile. The only difference will be that your teeth will look straight and beautiful.
With your finished veneers in place, you can look forward to enjoying the same boost in confidence you would feel with a naturally beautiful smile. And because porcelain resembles the appearance of real teeth so closely, no one but you and Dr. Martin will ever have to know about the work you’ve had done.
Do you want to know more about porcelain veneers? Call Dr. Martin today to reserve a consultation appointment. During your consultation, we can talk to you about all of your treatment options, including porcelain veneers. We can also answer any questions you might have. We’re proud to serve patients from Scottsdale, Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Fountain Hills, and beyond.
April 25, 2013
A white smile can help you face the world with a strong sense of confidence. But keeping teeth white isn’t easy. Everyday drinks like coffee, tea, soda, or red wine contribute to staining. Other things, like tobacco products, aging, and even some medications, also contribute. All of which is why Dr. Alex Martin offers teeth whitening at his Scottsdale dental office.
With professional teeth whitening, patients can dramatically whiten their teeth in just a single appointment. What’s more, with in-office and take-home options, patients can see their white smile last well beyond their initial treatment. Imagine living with a smile close to 10 shades brighter than the one you have now.
How would that change the way you live? Would you share your smile more instead of hiding it? Would you feel more confident around strangers or co-workers? Any of these are possible. And depending on the changes you make to your life, others may see you differently as well. They may see you as more confident, more attractive, or more intelligent.
Do you want to know how your life might be different with a whiter smile? Finding out starts with a call to Dr. Martin’s Scottsdale dental office. During a visit, we can talk to you about the teeth whitening process and answer any questions you might have. We can also talk to you about our other cosmetic services and help you decide which is most right for you.
We serve patients from Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Fountain Hills, and beyond.
April 9, 2013
As the weather outside gets warmer, you can look forward to spending more time outdoors with friends and family. To prepare for that, why not enhance your smile with one or cosmetic dentistry services. At Dr. Martin’s Scottsdale dental office, we offer many of today’s best cosmetic dentistry services to help patients create the beautiful smile they’ve always wanted.
Our cosmetic dentistry services include:
Using one or more of these services, we can help our Scottsdale-area patients straighten misaligned teeth, overcome yellowing or stains, and even hide flaws like chipped or cracked teeth. What’s more, we can combine services to give you an even more comprehensive smile makeover that gives you exactly the results you’ve been dreaming of.
But which services are right for you?
That’s something we can determine with a simple consultation visit at our Scottsdale office. During your consultation, Dr. Martin will complete a thorough oral exam and talk to you about your needs and wants. We can also explain how each service works and begin putting together a personalized treatment plan that will help you.
Are you ready to get started on your spring or summertime smile makeover? Call Dr. Martin’s dental office today. We serve patients from Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Fountain Hills, and beyond.
March 26, 2013
Right now, one of the best restorative dentistry solutions available for dentists and patients is dental implants. With dental implants, patients of Dr. Martin who are missing one or more teeth can replace what they’ve lost, improving their appearance and their smile’s functionality.
Part of what makes dental implants so effective is that they’re structured like natural teeth, with a crown on top and a prosthetic root underneath. This prosthetic root can help patients preserve their jaw and prevent future bone loss—something traditional bridges, partials, and dentures can’t do.
But as effective as dental implants from Dr. Martin and our Scottsdale team can be, they can’t fully compete with natural teeth. That’s why doctors and researchers are looking into the possibility of helping patients grow new teeth from their own stem cells.
Science World Report has revealed that, in a study put out by the Journal of Dental Research, selecting certain cells from a patient’s gum tissue may enable him or her to grow a new tooth where one has gone missing. This is good news for patients and doctors alike.
But a future with bioengineered teeth is still a ways off. Until then, dental implants are still the best way for patients to enjoy natural appearance and functionality.
To find out if you’re a candidate for dental implants, call Dr. Martin’s Scottsdale dental office. We serve patients from Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Fountain Hills, and beyond.
February 15, 2013
In our last post, we talked about how research on gum disease and heart disease is continually evolving. Today we’d like to put our focus on periodontal therapy itself.
The goal of periodontal therapy is to remove built-up bacteria and plaque from around the gum line. In more advanced cases, pockets may develop between teeth and gums. Advanced periodontal therapy concentrates on cleaning these pockets out to prevent further loss of gum tissue and bone. What’s more, it’s through these pockets that bacteria and plaque can enter the bloodstream.
Different doctors rely on different tools to perform periodontal therapy. Regardless, scaling and root planing are two of the common and most effective. Scaling and root planing uses traditional dental tools to thoroughly clean around teeth and in pockets.
Some dentists use lasers to clean even more effectively, while others will also prescribe a helpful antibiotic to more thoroughly eliminate bacteria.
To find out what Dr. Alex Martin offers, and to find out how he can help you, give his Scottsdale office a call. Our team would be happy to help you restore your gum health. Through a consultation, we can determine the extent of your needs and develop a treatment plan to help you.
Dr. Martin’s Scottsdale office serves patients from Phoenix, Paradise Valley, and Fountain Hills.
February 6, 2013
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, hearts are on a lot minds right now. But for doctors, there’s another reason for all the talk about hearts—February is Heart Health Month.
Now, you might not immediately connect dentistry with the health of your heart, but a connection may exist. Some research has indicated that gum disease contributes to heart disease, while others have indicated that no link exists at all.
What that means is that our understanding of gum disease and overall health is continuing to evolve. Gum disease may not be directly responsible for heart attacks, but it does give bacteria and plaque access to the rest of the body—and that doesn’t do your overall health any favors.
So, how can you help you protect your smile and your overall health?
One of the best ways is with regular brushing and flossing at home. Adding a trusted antibacterial mouthwash to your regimen can also help. Beyond this, remember to schedule a regular checkup and cleaning with Dr. Alex Martin in Scottsdale every six months. Regular visits make it possible for him to monitor your smile for any signs of change.
If extra care is needed, we can provide effective help through periodontal therapy. In our next post, we’ll spend some time talking about the aims of periodontal therapy and how it can help.
For now, call Dr. Martin if you need to schedule a visit and cleaning with our Scottsdale team. We’re proud to serve patients from Phoenix, Paradise Valley, and Fountain Hills.
January 31, 2013
Six month checkups are important. Not only do they make it possible for your dentist to catch small but important changes in the health of your smile, they can also support your overall health. This second aspect is something we’ll go over in greater detail next month. For now, we’d just like to focus on that first reason and explain what you can expect from your regular checkup.
It takes time for cavities and gum disease to develop. In both cases, the symptoms may be too small for you to notice. But a trained eye knows what to look for. Following a thorough oral exam, Dr. Alex Martin can help you diagnose common conditions early, before they have a chance to develop. That means you can look forward to a less invasive, more comfortable treatment that helps you support your smile. What’s more, with a professional cleaning, our Scottsdale team can help you eliminate bacteria and plaque, which promote these common conditions.
To give your smile extra protection, we can also provide you with fluoride treatments. Fluoride strengthens teeth by attracting important minerals and nutrients. With just a quick rinse, we can give your smile an added boost as you prepare to leave our office.